After the Deadline

After the Deadline, an amazing next-generation contextual spelling and grammar checker, is now part of Automattic and the service is live on WordPress.com. For self-hosted WordPress publishers, grab the plugin at WordPress.org.

Here is a brief video overview showing how it works:

Student Life Selects WordPress MU

Sam Guzik over on CoPress.org details the successful relaunch of Student Life, the “independent newspaper of Washington University in St. Louis”, on the WordPress MU platform:
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In their evaluation of various platform choices they concluded:

“Although Drupal is also extremely powerful, we found that WordPress’s interface was better suited to a workflow that would begin to allow non-technical reporters and editors to work within our CMS.”

You can read more details about this project on CoPress.org.

[ Visit Student Life ]

Brazil’s Culture Ministry Selects BuddyPress

Thanks Cátia Kitahara for lettings us know about a new BuddyPress site which is being used to enable and foster debate about various aspects of today’s digital life in Brazil. Built by the Brazilian Culture Ministry, the beta site is now live at culturadigital.br:
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The site describes itself as “an open public space destined to democratically create and build a public policy of digital culture, integrating citizens, government institutions, state companies, civil society and the market.” Making use of all the “Facebook-in-a-box” features of BuddyPress, this site is off to a great start and could be a model for other organizations and companies looking to build this kind of community engagement and interaction.

[Visit culturadigital.br ]

WordCamp SF: Google & What You Need to Know

For publishers looking at the search traffic benefits of WordPress, Matt Cutts from the Web Spam team at Google, offers his take:

WordPress takes care of 80-90% of (the mechanics of) Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Below is a great video of Matt speaking at WordCamp SF 2009 about how Google search works and what publishers should be doing to ensure proper indexing:

[ Slides from Matt’s presentation available on mattcutts.com ]

Tasty Kitchen Launches on BuddyPress

Tasty Kitchen, a site by The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, has launched a community site on the BuddyPress platform:

Built by the team at Voce Communication, Nick Gernert in a blog post today describes BuddyPress this way:

Not to over-simplify things, but think “Facebook in a Box.”
Groups, Wire posts (think Facebook Wall), activity streams, friend lists and forums are all a part of the platform. These all build from the user system native to WordPress and simply add functions to allow users to interact with each other. Use as many or as few of the capabilities as you like.

The site also integrates with the Windows Live, allowing Live users to authenticate instantly — something I believe is a first for a non-Microsoft site.

[ Visit Tasty Kitchen ]

Fifty Sites. Ten Months. One CMS.

I’ve been chatting with the folks at Tierra Innovation and WNET.ORG (Channel Thirteen in New York) on their impressive collaboration utilizing WordPress MU as a CMS for WNET.ORG’s network of high-traffic websites:
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Using WordPress MU’s built-in features along with custom themes and plugins such as WPDB Profiling, they made it easier and much cheaper for WNET.ORG to roll out multiple sites that provide a great user experience as well as editorial and creative flexibility. Before the new CMS, WNET.ORG could only launch 1-2 sites per month. Now, they have the capability of rolling out 5-10 sites per month for a fraction of the cost.

What’s very cool is that Tierra and WNET put together a white-paper detailing how this project came about and how they ultimately decided on WordPress as the platform of choice. You can read all about it in the white-paper titled: How a Non-Profit Media Company Profits from Building Open Source Online Publishing Platform (PDF) (embedded below using scribd):

[ Visit WNET.ORG & Tierra Innovation ]

WordPress for BlackBerry Beta Available Now

The beta version of WordPress for Blackberry, a native application, is now available for download.

Details about the beta and how to get involved in this Open Source project are available on the blackberry.wordpress.org site.

Below is also a quick video overview of the app:

[ Visit blackberry.wordpress.org ]

Telegraph Relaunches Blogs on WordPress MU

Telegraph blogs, a thriving section of the Telegraph.co.uk news site, has relaunched all of their blogs on the WordPress MU platform:
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Damian Thompson, Blogs Editor of the Telegraph Media Group, announced the upgrade:

Telegraph blogs look different this morning – really different. Overnight we moved everything to WordPress, the world’s most successful and elegant open-source blogging software. It’s a big change that offers immediate benefits to our readers, with many more to come.

Telegraph Media Group has always been an innovator in the digital space dating back to their early web site efforts in 1994. With their recent award as Digital Publisher of the Year, and now this move to WordPress, they continue to impress !

[ Visit Telegraph blogs ]